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House Gives Primary Approval to a Bill to Stop Bullies

April 17, 2002
By: Christopher Shields
State Capital Bureau

The house gave primary approval to a bill meant to stop school bullies.

Christopher Shields has the story from Jefferson City.

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The bill would require all Missouri schools to establish policies that prohibit bullying.

During debate on the bill the house passed an amendment prohibiting strip searches in response to an incident at a Kansas City school.

Kansas City Democrat Sharon Brooks says these strip searches are a breech of trust.

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Contents: Not only is this a hanus crime I feel, that we would not want to happen to ourselves or to our family members but there was a breech of trust.

The bill awaits final approval by the house.

From the State Capitol, Christopher Shields


The house gave first round approval to a bill designed to stop bullies.

Christopher Shields has the story from Jefferson City,

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The house bill requires Missouri schools to create policies prohibiting bullies.

Debate on the bill focused around many amendments including one that would expand on a school's power to expel students.

Representative Robert Mayer, the amendment's sponsor, explained the power schools would have.

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Contents: Students who commit felonies and are convicted, charged and plead guilty in juvenile court, to at least allow the school board or the superintendint to suspend that student.

Right Now, only students that are convicted in adult court may be expelled.

The entire bill awaits final approval by the house.

From Jefferson City, Christopher Shields



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The Missouri House gave first round approval to a bill that tries to stop bullies.

I'm Christopher Shields for Missouri Capitol Caucus.

The bill would require all Missouri schools to make policies that prohibit bullying.

During debate, the house passed an amendment introduced by Southeastern Missouri Democrat Denny Merideth.

The amendment requires schools to notify parents if a terrorist threat is recieved from a student.

Merideth says this amendment comes from a real-life situation.

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Contents: The situation actually existed where a student made a threat, the discipline was enacted on that student and because of laws that are currently in place, the parents and students couldn't be told if it was safe to return for the students.

With primary approvalfrom the house, the bill awaits final vote.

From Jefferson City, I'm Christopher Shields, For Missouri Capitol Caucus